Frank Grillo’s Leo Barnes, a.k.a. “The Sergeant,” as well as Edwin Hodge’s Dante Bishop, a.k.a. “The Stranger,” may have arrived as accidental, or at least hesitant, heroes over the course of the first three Purge films, but this time around, DeMonaco isn’t pulling any punches when it comes to who’s leading the good guys.
Y’lan Noel’s character, William, is shown in the trailer gathering the neighborhood troops to rebel against the Purge — and seems to have some well-developed fighting skills. According to DeMonaco, the character is an anti-hero who was originally inspired by Clint Eastwood’s role in Unforgiven: Will Munny, a former assassin who’s recruited to serve up some vigilante justice and proves to be quite effective at taking lives. “More than the previous films, there’s a singular hero in this movie. This is one man’s journey,” DeMonaco teased. “So it’s this very cool, modern, kind of badass who redeems himself through the story.”